New England Women's Leadership Awards benefits Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 6:00pm

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) will honor the achievements of four esteemed women at the 21st annual New England Women’s Leadership Awards (NEWLA), taking place on Thursday, May 8th at the Seaport Boston Hotel. At this year’s event each woman will share their remarkable story of determination, leadership and compassion and will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments both professionally and personally.

This year’s NEWLA honorees include:
- Ellen Zane, CEO Emeritus and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees of Tufts Medical Center
- Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, President & CEO of The Dimock Center
- Chef Barbara Lynch, Founder and CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo
- Kristen McCosh, Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities for the City of Boston

The event will be chaired by Joanne Jaxtimer, Regional Executive for BNY Mellon in New England, for the second consecutive year. In her role as Regional Executive, Jaxtimer directs charitable giving, sponsorship and community partnership programs. She is also responsible for facilitating new business opportunities and directing local government relations activities.

“It’s an honor to share the stage with Ellen, Myechia, Barbara and Kristen, all distinguished women whose stories inspire and challenge us to stretch our boundaries and do more for our communities,” said Jaxtimer. “It’s also a privilege to once again serve as the chair of NEWLA and champion the important work that Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester does for the youth in our region. BNY Mellon is committed to supporting programs that help youth to reach their potential and is proud to be a longstanding sponsor of BGCD.”

BNY Mellon is a title sponsor of NEWLA and a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, having awarded more than $236,000 in grant and sponsorship support since 1994.

The cocktail reception begins at 6:00 PM followed by a dinner program at 7:00 PM moderated by veteran emcee Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV. The event will feature two performances by musicians from Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Guests will hear from keynote speaker and club member Jessica Martin and her mom Susan, and four teen girls will present awards to each of the honorees.

About the New England Women’s Leadership Awards:
NEWLA is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester’s most prominent annual fundraising events. Funds raised through the event support the Club’s high-quality inclusive programming and services that benefit the 4,000 youth it serves each year.

NEWLA was established to provide girls from the Club with exceptional role models and to change and shape the lives of future leaders in the community. Since the first event in 1992, NEWLA has honored more than one hundred women who have not only risen to positions of respect and influence, but have also found ways to give back to their communities. By sharing their challenges and leading by example, the honorees teach young girls the importance of determination, compassion, and self-confidence.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is a leading youth development organization that serves more than 4,000 young people each year at three sites, providing children with a safe, positive place to go after school and throughout the summer. The Club offers more than 200 programs in education, social recreation, athletics, art, aquatics, Project BIND (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities), early education and care, music, teen programs and more all for just $5 per year for members. Its mission is to inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring, and responsible members of the community.

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